We know that red, puffy, and irritated eyes can take a toll on your everyday life. That’s why our highly-trained, experienced team specializes in dry eye treatment.
If you’re dealing with dry eyes, our optometry professionals can perform tests and diagnose the root cause of your problem. Once we determine the cause of your dry eyes, we’ll design a personalized treatment plan that delivers the relief you deserve.
Risk Factors for Dry Eyes
There are a number of factors that may increase your risk for dry eyes. You’re more likely to face this condition if you spend a lot of time staring at digital screens, wear contact lenses, and/or struggle with allergies. Having a structural eyelid issue, being female and taking certain medications may boost your chances as well.
Causes of Dry Eyes
There are a number of reasons you may be facing dry eye symptoms such as:
- Seasonal allergies
- Contact lenses
- Environmental and weather changes
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Autoimmune diseases
- LASIK surgery
Symptoms of Dry Eyes
The symptoms of dry eyes, which usually affect both eyes may include:
- Stinging, burning, or scratchy eyes
- Watery eyes
- Fatigued eyes
- Blurred vision
- Mucus in or around the eyes
- Eye redness
- A sensation of having something in your eyes
- Difficulty wearing contact lenses and/or driving at night
Diagnosing Dry Eyes
Dr. Chang will perform a comprehensive eye exam to examine your eyelids and evaluate the quality of your secreted oils or meibum. He may notice microvascular capillary dilation on your eyelids or near the eye area, notches or scarring along the margin of the eyelids, and thickened meibomian oils. Other important issues that may indicate dry eyes include the breakdown of the tear film layers and changes on the eye surface like dry spots or inflammation.
Treatments for Dry Eyes
At Issaquah Optometric Center, we recommend dry eye treatments that improve and restore your natural tear film and ocular surface. Our treatments also reduce inflammation and promote natural tear production. They aim to keep your eyes healthy and comfortable while protecting your vision.
Several examples of treatment options include artificial tears, amniotic membranes, corticosteroids, scleral contact lenses, and prescription eye drops. Depending on the cause of your dry eyes and lifestyle, some treatments may work better for you than others.
Contact Issaquah Optometric Center
In need of dry eye treatment in Issaquah? Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!